As I am on a limited income, I try to make many of my own flowers – and the great thing is that you can match them to your papers and you will always have the perfect flower for your project. Below are some of my tips for making your own flowers, but if you want to get straight into it, click on the link to take you to flower making video tutorials.

  • you don’t need any expensive equipment to make your own flowers
    • use a stencil to cut out petals or you can get lots of patterns online
    • an upside down mouse pad or the palm of your hand is great for giving petals a cup like shape
    • a wooden skewer or toothpick (depending on the size of the petals) is great for rolling the edges of petals
    • the round end of a pen is also great for shaping petals
  • add depth of colour i.e.
    • sand the edges of your petals (a great tip for sanding if you have die cut flowers/leaves etc. is to sand them before you remove the excess paper with a flat sander or sand paper – especially useful for very detailed dies)
    • sand the edges and then ink with a blending tool
    • ink your edges with a blending tool
    • ink the edges with distress inks and a blending tool and then spray with water (or a pearl glimmer spray if you like a bit of shimmer) and the ink colour will wick down to the centre of your flower
    • the above technique will also work if you use a light spray of a darker glimmer spray followed by water or pearl glimmer spray
    • use a water brush to add highlights of perfect pearls – perfect pearls has a binder added, so will stick to a surface with any moisture (water, ink stamp, embossing ink etc.)
    • stamp the surface of paper flowers before you construct them
    • you can also use the above technique with wet embossing
    • dry emboss your paper flowers before you construct them
  • add dimension to your flowers
    • if you are making a realistic flower e.g. a rose – have a look at a photo to study the petals and see how they are shaped
    • a wooden skewer is a great tool for rolling the petals on flowers – on the outer edge either towards or away from you, to give a crease down the centre of the petal, rolling the sides of the petal either towards or away from you
    • use a mouse pad or the palm of your hand to give petals a cup shape
  • there are so many products you can use to make flowers – paper, card, canvas, vellum, tissue paper, old dress patterns, old book pages, a photo (a copy of course ;-), ribbon, organza, tulle, silk, acetate, felt, tee-shirt fabric, hessian, calico, grunge paper, grungeboard, mulberry paper, clay etc
  • flowers will give a different result if made in a different product – i.e. card vs paper vs fabric
  • products you can use for centres
    • micro beads, beads or glitter- add a blob of glue to the centre of the flower and add beads/glitter or punch out a shape from cardboard/cardstock, then add glue and beads or glitter
    • glitter glue – add to the centre of the flower or punch out a shape from paper, cardboard or cardstock and add glue either as an even coverage or dots to represent stamens
    • stamens, cotton thread – thread through the centre of the flower and then spread to get the effect you want
    • a smaller flower
    • buttons – plain or decorative buttons make great centres for flowers. You can change the colours to match by using alcohol inks, paint or glitter glue etc. Decorative buttons are expensive to buy new but you can get great deals at second hand shops (some shops remove the best buttons to sell separately or you can buy a garment and remove them yourself)

 

A flower made from an old paper pattern.

Now, time to start making some of your own flowers – click on this link to take you to flower making video tutorials.

Cheers

Kaye xoxo